The Major Differences Between Road King, Street Glide and Electra Glide

Harley-Davidson motorcycles are available in a variety of styles to suit each rider’s needs and preferences. The Road King, Street Glide, and Electra Glide are all part of Harley’s “touring” line of bikes. These motorcycles are designed for superior comfort and handling during longer rides. If you’re ready to buy or lease a Harley in Delmarva, you may be wondering about the major differences between each motorcycle line. Keep reading to learn a little more about the Road King, the Street Glide, and the Electra Glide to get a better feel for each of these bikes and which might be right for you.


Electra Glide

The Electra Glide is one of Harley-Davidson’s best-selling touring bike models. At 102.4” long and an unladen seat height of 29.1”, the Electra Glide is larger and higher than both the Road King and the Street Glide. It is also the heaviest of the three bikes, weighing in at approximately 879lbs in running order. The Electra Glide features greater luggage capacity than the other two bikes as well, with nearly five cubic feet of storage space and four audio speakers. This motorcycle’s forked “batwing” fairing is one of its most recognizable features. The Electra Glide often gets superior marks in terms of comfort—in fact, many enthusiasts call it Harley-Davidson’s most comfortable motorcycle.


Road King

Harley-Davidson’s Road King comes in at 96.5” long and features an unladen seat height of 28.2”. This traditionally-styled bike comes standard with a windshield but little in the way of fairing, making it a sleeker motorcycle with a lower, more classic profile preferred by many. In terms of weight, the Road King falls between the Electra Glide and the Street Glide at 814lbs when in running order; it features the same cubic luggage capacity as the Street Glide of 2.3 cubic feet. The Road King is not available with an audio system; however, this streamlined, classic bike holds great appeal for many experienced and long-distance riders. The standard Road King model is loved by drivers and passengers alike for comfort even on poor-quality roads.


Street Glide

The Street Glide model is a step up from the basic Road King, similar in size and style but with a few added features. Both the Road King and Street Glide are 96.5” long, but the Street Glide features a slightly lower chassis and an unladen seat height of 27.4”; it is also slightly lighter than the Road King at 810lbs when in running order. Many newer riders enjoy the Street Glide’s smooth maneuverability, as well as its standard fairing to block the wind for greater comfort at high speeds. Like the Electra Glide, the Street Glide comes standard with an audio system, but features two speakers, rather than the Electra Glide’s four. The Street Glide and the Road King both offer similar luggage storage capacities of 2.3 cubic feet.


Are you ready to live your dream of riding a Harley in New England? We can help you choose and customize the right Harley-Davidson motorcycle for every rider; our dealerships in Annapolis, Delmarva, Durham, New Castle, Smyrna, Plains Township, and Scranton offer onsite and online shopping so you have all the information you need to make the right choice. You can check out our Harley showroom online, where we feature a variety of bikes and accessories so you can browse our customized new and used Harleys, or read through our blog for more tips on purchase, customization, and maintenance for your bike.


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